The Ethics of Authorship: Communication, Seduction, and Death in Hegel and Kierkegaard (Hardback)
  • The Ethics of Authorship: Communication, Seduction, and Death in Hegel and Kierkegaard (Hardback)
zoom

The Ethics of Authorship: Communication, Seduction, and Death in Hegel and Kierkegaard (Hardback)

(author)
£72.00
Hardback 248 Pages / Published: 03/01/2011
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 2 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket

This is a book about the ethics of authorship. Most directly, it explores different conceptualizations of the responsibilities of the author to the reader. But it also engages the question of what styles of authorship allow these responsibilities to be met. Style itself is an ethical issue, since the relation between the writing subject and the reader--and the dynamics of authority and influence, of gift giving and friendship in this relation--have as much to do with how one writes as what one says.

The two writers who serve as the main subjects for this work, the German idealist philosopher G. W. F. Hegel and the Danish Christian existentialist Soren Kierkegaard, invite us to confront particularly challenging questions about the ethics of authorship. Each in his own way explores styles of authorship that employ a variety of strategies of seduction in order to entice the reader into his narratives, strategies that at least on the surface appear to be fundamentally manipulative and unethical. Further, both seek to enact their own deaths as authors, effectively disappearing as reliable guides for the reader. That might also seem to be ethically irresponsible, an abandonment of the reader, who has been seduced only to be deserted.

This is the first work to undertake a sustained questioning of Kierkegaard's central distinction between his own "indirect" style of communication and the (purportedly) "direct" style of Hegel's philosophy. Hegel was in fact a much more subtle practitioner of style than Kierkegaard represents him as being, indeed, a practitioner whose style is in the service of an ambitious reconceptualization of the ethics of authorship. As for Kierkegaard, his own indirect style raises a whole series of ethical questions about how the reader is imagined in relation to the author.

There is finally an either/or between Hegel and Kierkegaard, just not the one Kierkegaard proposes as between an author devoid of ethics and one who makes possible a true ethics of authorship. Rather, the either/or is between two competing practices of authorship, one daunting with the cadences of a highly technical style, the other delightful for its elegance and playfulness--but both powerful experiments in the ethics of style.

Publisher: Fordham University Press
ISBN: 9780823233946
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 409 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
An original and stimulating account of both Kierkegaard and Hegel that succeeds by focusing on the philosophy of language espoused by each thinker. Bethold brings a rich tapestry of thinkers into play and provides unexpected entry into the lives of both writers. -- -David MacGregor * University of Western Ontario *
The first book of its kind that highlights a philosophy of authorship.With clarity, sensitivity, wit, and an honest engagement with the reader, Berthold manages to break down the inherent resistance that is often assumed in the reader who privileges one philosopher over the other, which further opens up a new space for mutual understanding. Readers are led into the lived felt-experience of being personally moved by the styles of language and the subjective affective resonance states that these different communicatory praxes offer. -- -Jon Mills * Director, Mills Psychology Professional Corporation *

You may also be interested in...

12 Rules for Life
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.00
Hardback
How to Be Free
Added to basket
£13.99
Hardback
Beyond Good and Evil
Added to basket
Wabi Sabi
Added to basket
£12.99
Hardback
Enlightenment Now
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Order of Time
Added to basket
£12.99
Hardback
Meditations
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
The Tipping Point
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
The Little Book of Ikigai
Added to basket
The Road Less Travelled
Added to basket
So You've Been Publicly Shamed
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The Republic
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Silence
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
I Am Dynamite!
Added to basket
£25.00
Hardback
Lost and Found
Added to basket
A Little History of Philosophy
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.